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Saturday, 16 August 2014 07:36

Greece: First West Nile Virus Death 2014


West Nile Virus Transmission Cycle Infographic

 

Infographic credit: "West Nile virus transmission cycle" by Centers for Disease Control and Prevention - http://www.cdc.gov/ ncidod/dvbid/westnile/cycle.htm. Licensed under Public domain via Wikimedia Commons - http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/

The British Government (GOV UK) is fast off the blocks to inform us at Brits in Crete of their latest Greece Travel Advisory noting the first incident of the West Nile Virus for this Summer in the country. The GOV UK's advisory said on Aug 14 that this mosquito carrying disease has claimed its first victim in Greece this year. This was just one day after Greece's own Center for Disease Control and Prevention (KEELPNO) confirmed the first incident of West Nile Virus.

KEELPNO's version said the first Greek suffering from an infected mosquito bite is an 85-year-old from Attiki. He had not travelled outside his local area. His condition was not stated, just he was in hospital.

KEELPNO expresses concern at the growing threat across Greece from this disease that was first reported in 2010 in the country when 35 deaths were recorded from 262 cases. By last year 2013 there were 86 cases, of which 11 were fatal.

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